Patriarch of Fashion Brand Missoni Dies in Italy

    FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2011 file photo Ottavio Missoni, right, and his daughter Angela acknowledge the applause of the audience after presenting their Missoni Fall/Winter 2011 collection, in Milan, Italy. Italian fashion company Missoni says its co-founder, Ottavio Missoni, has died in his home earlier on Thursday, May 9, 2013 in northern Italy. Missoni, who was 92, founded the iconic fashion brand of zigzagged-patterned knitwear along with his wife, Rosita, in 1953. The Missonis are a family fashion dynasty, with the couple’s children and their offspring involved in expanding the brand. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

    ROME—Italian fashion company Missoni says co-founder Ottavio Missoni has died at 92.

    Missoni founded the iconic fashion brand of zigzagged-patterned knitwear along with his wife, Rosita, in 1953. The Missonis are a family fashion dynasty, with the couple’s children and their offspring involved in expanding the brand.

    Sorrow struck the family earlier this year when the fashion patriarch’s eldest child, company CEO Vittorio Missoni, 58, disappeared with his wife and four others while flying in a small plane during a vacation to a Venezuelan island.

    Missoni SpA gave no cause of death for the patriarch, saying only that Ottavio “passed away serenely” in his home Thursday in the town of Sumirago.


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